Seafood and Aquaculture Seminars in Qingdao

In the run up to China Fisheries and Seafood Expo 2014, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in association with the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and the Seafood Council of Norway held several simultaneous seminars in Qingdao.

Photo: Thomas Hansteen.
Thomas Hansteen 

On November 4th, Norwegian actors in Qingdao organized a total of four seminars. The seminars primarily centered on Norwegian seafood and aquaculture. Seafood is one of Norway’s greatest exports, one of the main topics of the seminars was the trade of cod. Another central topic was the technology and research behind aquaculture, in which China and Norway are both heavily invested. The seminars provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and highlighted the strong potential for cooperation between China and Norway in the field of maritime foods, both in research and in trade.

The seminar was attended by large delegations from the export business as well as research community, both in China and in Norway. The number of participants from Norway give a clear indication of the great interest the Chinese market holds for Norwegian researchers and exporters.

After the seminars, more than 300 guests were invited to attend a Norwegian seafood dinner hosted by the Norwegian Ambassador to China Svein O. Sæther. The menu included Norwegian cod, salmon, mackerel and other fish prepared by Norwegian star chef Adrian Løvold and the Chinese chef Song Yuming, adding Chinese spice to traditional Norwegian food. The event was a great success and the Embassy hopes to continue the tradition of this annual event.

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